Friday, May 20, 2011

Paper Crafts magazine Presents: Card Creations 9 Blog Hop

Hi everyone! Thanks for joining us today for Paper Crafts magazine's Card Creations 9 Blog Hop!
It's a fun day because...
  • you will get to see nine never-seen-before projects and hear some insights from the designers about what it's like to work on Card Creations 9.
  • there's a fun prize over at Paper Crafts Connection. Check it out... three lucky winners will receive a copy of Card Creations 9 and one of these prize packs from Crate Paper!
  • and you can win your own copy of the issue by leaving a comment on my blog today (or if you'd like to purchase it you can find it HERE).
What a great way to launch into the weekend!

I loved working on Card Creations 9 because as a designer you can let your creativity run wild. There are very little limitations on the type of cards you submit because there really are cards in this special issue for every card creating occasion.

Today we were asked to share a card inspired by the cover of Card Creations 9. I immediately knew that I wanted to try a clean & simple layout like Kelley Eubank's Birthday Bike Card... but let me tell you that simple... is NOT that simple for me:) On my third attempt I created one I liked (no wonder I'm always up so late;)...
... clean and simple, but still very me in design.

For this card I also found inspiration in Carolyn King's story about the creation of her Missing You Map Card (you can find the story HERE). The story inspired me to make a card that I can send to a friend that is far away. 

Lastly I pulled the brown & kraft combo from my own Simply the Best Card.

Here is one of my favorite parts of the card...
See the shimmer? After stamping the butterfly (but while my dye ink was still wet) I brushed the image with Ranger's Perfect Gold Perfect Pearls... cool huh? Super simple... I may be using that technique more often! 

Ok. Enough from me... don't forget to visit the eight other uber-talent ladies who have created some stunning cards for you...
And don't forget to leave a comment here for a chance to win a copy of Card Creations 9.  Ask away, do you have any questions?... Or maybe you could share your favorite thing about Card Creations? Are you new to Card Creations? All comments must be posted by midnight (MDT) on Sunday, May 22. A winner will be posted Monday morning. 
***** CONTEST CLOSED*****

Thanks again for visiting today!


Supplies Used: cardstock (Kraft by Papertrey Ink), butterfly stamp (Butterfly 3 by Judi-Kins), sentiment (Essential Messages by a-muse studio), ink (Walnut Stain Distress Ink by Ranger), Perfect Gold Perfect Pearls) Ranger. 

155 comments:

Kelly Massman said...

Your card is pretty-and simple! :-)

paperella said...

Super pretty! Love that sparkly butterfly. It must have been hard for you to not add a big gorgeous bow somewhere, lol! ;)

Donna B. said...

I love your CAS card. And you're right it still does look like you.

Isha said...

Love your CAS card. Its simple yet so effective and says it all. TFS.

Joan V said...

Oh, this is so pretty. Clean and simple yet pretty. I love that you embossed the butterfly. I just love it. Thanks for sharing.

Connie said...

The butterfly sparkle/shimmer is just lovely - what a simple but elegant card!

Manasa said...

The embossing is soo beautiful, Simple yet elegant creation !

mommyabbytommy said...

Love the shimmer.

Ellie A. said...

Oh your talking my style I love clean & simple especially when I have to mass produce. thanks for the chance!

Tanya said...

So pretty! Simple and yet elegant. I love the shimmer, I have been on the fence about the Perfect Pearls. Love seeing a new use for them. I really want to try them now. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

Christine said...

Simply elegant Windy, love it!

Nicole said...

Simple, but yet so sweet! Love it!

diana said...

Beautifully simple card! I love the delicate butterfly & the light & elegant sentiment script. TFS ;-)

WDF said...

nice card.

Jenny McGee said...

The gold on the butteryfly is very pretty.

♥ Marlou ♥ said...

Love your clean crisp elegant card :) TFS :)

SuZeQ said...

Windy, this is a GREAT card ... keep inspiring us!

jo said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

Bernice said...

That gold shimmer is beautiful. Clean and elegant.

GabrielaD said...

Gorgeous card! I love it, so very elegant.

~amy~ said...

Windy, love your clean and crisp card with glitz:)

Happy Friday!!!

Elise said...

Your card is so cute! I love the shimmer that you added to the butterfly! Very clean and simple! :)

pegg said...

Love these types of issues - instant inspiration ! Gorgeous card - love the shine from the pearls. I'll have to try that!

Clever Creations said...

Cute butterfly card...this giveaway is so awesome.

Ginny said...

Oooooh, love that shimmer from the Perfect Pearls. Great card for a friend!

Holly Saveur said...

Very elegant card..allways forget to use my perfect pearls....

Debstamps said...

A shimmering beauty!

Sarah said...

Oh, that shimmer is amazing. I will definitely have to try that technique!

marianne-g said...

Pretty!!!

Lillian Child said...

I am a HUGE fan of simple and elegant! Fabulous card!

Penne said...

This is so much my style of card too. LOVE IT!!!

scrapalajen said...

Love the simplicity Windy! It truly shows the butterfly!

Barb Gallagher said...

This is just so elegant. I could see a wonderful boxed set of these as a gift that would be treasured by one of my friends.... thanks for the inspiration!

Sue D said...

Very pretty and I like your technique to add shimmer.

Jen W. said...

Gorgeous! Love that shimmery butterfly!

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Love that you've done a CAS card with a bit of shine.

Fifi said...

love the gold, I've got perfect pearls and never used them so I'll definitely be giving this a go

Lynn Weber said...

gorgeous!! I love the gold on the kraft, very classy & fresh!!

Hafrún Ásta said...

That is one gorgous butterfly stamp... love the card.
I'll leave my comment and try to win

Hafrun from Iceland

Joan said...

Simple is my favorite! I love your card :)

Glenda J said...

Simply beautiful!

sharon g said...

I'm so glad that you showed the shininess! I hadn't noticed. I have some, and need to use them....

Geri said...

Your card is beatiful in its stunning simplicity!

Michelle said...

Beautiful!

gbinion said...

I just LOVE your butterfly!
and sweet and simple cards are my fave!

cheryl (clee') said...

Clean and simple is not as simple as it looks - but I love what you came up with...even more when I saw the gold glimmer in the 2nd photo!

Betty-Ann said...

...love that shimmer...beautiful card!

Joanne said...

i love the beautiful shimmer of your card:)

Carol Metully said...

Oh Windy, this is so beautiful!! I'll have to try this technique myself..it is just stunning!!!

carol m.

Chunyuan said...

The shimmer butterfly is so beautiful.

Teepee said...

The perfect pearls idea is brilliant. It's one of those "why didn't I think of that" ones. I will use it, often, I think. Thanks for the idea. And thanks for the opportunity to win a magazine.

Sylvia said...

This is just amazing, Windy! My question is, did you brush the shimmer onto the stamp or onto the butterfly on the card, that was not clear? this is one gorgeous card. I find Card Creations to be the best, but sometimes overwhelming, with all the wonderful cards and ideas.

Amanda M said...

beautiful and simple. I am going o try the perfect pearls technique later. Thanks for the inspiration!

charli said...

simply gorgeous. love your blog!

Laraine R said...

Simple and elegant!! Beautiful!!

silke said...

So simple and amazing!

NancyS said...

BEAUTIFUL and ELEGANT card, Windy! Just love the gold embossing. TFS.

cindy said...

The butterfly design is simple. The Gold Perfect Pearls add dimension to the card so that the butterfly just pops out. Wendy, anyone would be thrilled to receive such an elegant card.

bzyPTmom said...

Love your clean and simple card--I keep forgetting to use my perfect pearls--that adds just the right elegant touch to your butterfly.

Emily Keaton said...

Incredibly clean and simple, but so very classy. Love your card!!

kimheggins said...

Simply beautiful!

*Alison* said...

WOW.. what simple BEAUTY.. I just adore this.. so simple yet stunning.. thanks so much for the chance to win.. HUGS

tape said...

Love the gold - I should use my Perfect Pearls more, too!

Jeni said...

Nice card! I love the butterfly.

Agata said...

I just LOVE that shimmer! Perfect! Must try this!

Fiorella said...

Tiur card is fabulous, so elegant!

Cassie_lu said...

what a great butterfly card

Anja said...

this is amazin

Marie / Legojenta said...

What a beautiful card! I'm new to Card Creations, but it sure looks fabulous =)

Becky Dunham said...

Fabulous card Windy! clean and simple is difficult for me too, but I love this card you made. The butterfly with the gold simmer is so beautiful! Thanks for the chance to win this amazing issue!

rebeccadunham at hotmail dot com

Sandi said...

The gold shimmer on your butterfly is awesome!

Toni K said...

Gorgeous card!!! Love it!

Richelle said...

simple yet very effective tfs

Sarah B. said...

Love the clean and simple feel to this card! Lovely!

Michelle said...

It still looks better than a store bought card.

LaurieJ said...

Absolutely beautiful. Wow! Love the shimmer.

Scrapycandy said...

Oooo..I love Perfect Pearls! Thank you for the terrific idea!

POSH said...

Windy.....LUV, LUV, LUV the simple elegant design w/sparklyyyyyyy, a girl after my own heart. Beautiful card!

MollyK. said...

What a lovely way to jazz up the butterfly...thanks for the inspiration! MollyK. at mollykathleenbarry@hotmail.com

Melanie said...

Great to see a card I can so easily use as inspiration!

gberry14 said...

Beautiful CAS card. The kraft and brushed gold make it very vintage looking!

Stephanie said...

I love the shimmer on the butterfly too- so pretty!

Auntie Em said...

Love the elegance of the gold embossing against the brown. Very elegant!
Thanks for sharing! :)

Lisa Lara said...

Love the gold on the kraft Windy. Beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Elegant and classy.
carol b

Andi (RrlScrapGal) said...

A perfect CAS card.. and I LOVE the gold shimmer!! OK.. now I have to go read Carolyn's story! Thank you for the link!!

Cynthia B. said...

Butterfly + shimmer -> of COURSE I love this card! TFS!
I don't really have any questions, but I'm looking forward to seeing more of your work for PC now that you're a Go-To Gal! :)

pamselinski said...

WOW the kraft card stock is awesome but the butterfly perfect pearls technique is really cool

Judy1223 said...

Hi! I am relatively new to Card Creations and I am loving it! I love your CAS card!

Cynthia Rose said...

How right you are, a simple look is not usually simple to create.

Krystal said...

Lovely. I would never have thought to use kraft and gold together. Gorgeous!

Dana said...

Fabulously CAS, Windy! TFS!

marylouh said...

The card is so simple but so elegant.

Kelly G said...

Love the CAS!!

kathy/North Carolina said...

Oh! My! Gosh! I love this card. Love it. Love it! I so appreciate a clean and simple card, as it is my most challenging style. You rocked it!

Gina said...

A beautiful card, Windy. My MIL would love something like it because she loves butterflies.

Linda said...

How wonderfully simple. Butterflies are always beautiful.

Bonnie said...

Love the simple, clean designs.

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

LOOOOOOVE this! I wish I could do simple!!! I find that when I go simple, I just have to add one more element...and then one more....and more...you know:)

Trinh said...

So pretty, Windy! I haven't seen CC9 yet but am dyin' too after seeing all the fab cards this week.

Tricia said...

Well, Windy, I didn't see the first two, but you nailed it on this one! Just gorgeous!

Sandy said...

How lovely! If simple isn't easy for you, it certainly doesn't show:)

sherryl said...

So simply perfect, Im loving the simplicity of the card and the shimmer of the butterfly just gives the perfect lift to take it to the next level,you have shared a great technique with us today ,thanks

lori said...

Very elegant and simple! Even I could case this! You give me inspiration! Thanks for the chance to win.

Barbara said...

I love the simplicity and the beauty of this card! The perfect pearls just make it "perfect"!

Jean said...

In a word, elegant!

Melissa said...

What a pretty card! Love the simplicity of the design, yet it makes a great impact.

Carol said...

Simple but elegant and beautiful!

Carol B
ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

Dawn said...

stunning card ... love that shimmery butterfly

suzieq23 said...

Yes, simple, but just perfect. the beautiful butterfly is all that you need to make this card stand out.

catnap said...

This card is gorgeous! I love the simplicity of the design, and the choice of gold for the butterfly.

rebecca said...

Lovely card, simple with great attention to detail. Thanks

Laura Evangeline said...

LOOOOVE the shimmer!

ElfRenee said...

Oooh, I love it! This one is my very favorite. :)

reneelasater(at)hotmail(dot)com

jen said...

gorgeous, Windy! love the effect the pearls give!

Susie Stover said...

I really like this card Windy. Very simple but very elegant with the gold sparkle.

Sandie said...

You've gotta love simplicity. It's such a beauty.
Luv Sandie

Elizabeth said...

Beautiful and simple. Love it! http://visionsofpaper.blogspot.com/

Alison said...

Very elegant and beautiful!

Lori Barnett said...

simply stunning!

The MadStamper said...

Beautiful!!!! Love the CAS card!!!! :)

Vickie said...

Fabulous card TFS

Linda said...

very pretty and simple-personally I have a hard time with these myself butI'll give it another try thanks to your inspiration!

katemeri said...

Beautiful! I really like the shimmer.

cards by cara said...

love those perfect pearls!! great job and beautiful shine!!

Kimberly S. said...

LOVE the Gold Perfect Pearls....that looks REALLY nice!!! I'm a butterfly girl, so I LOVE the simplicity and elegance of this card!

Susan S. said...

I really like that butterfly. The card is simple and elegant.

Paige Dolecki said...

Oooh - love the shimmer of the gold pearls! Thanks for sharing!

Paige

kathy2eggs said...

I can't wait to see more of your lovely work...love the gold!

Janice said...

The Perfect Gold Perfect Pearls makes the butterfly wings shimmer and jump off the paper. Well Done!

Jessrose21 said...

I love that beautiful butterfly! The gold shimmer is the perfect accent.

Lynn said...

Beautiful and elegant card!

Jennifer Rzasa said...

Oooh...I love the simplicity of your card!

Connie said...

I love the iridescence of the butterfly. Very elegant.

ostrichs said...

My first card-crafters blog hop! So glad to have found your site.

Amber L. said...

Oh my! I love your butterfly. I will have to try using Perfect Pearls with dye ink. I've never had a copy of Card Creations and would love to check it out :)

Rachel said...

Oh yes, that shimmer is sooo pretty! I can't wait to try it.

luvhymns said...

Super cool shimmer and who would have "thunk" it. Just brushing the Rangers perfect gold pearls over it. STUNNING!

Isabel Z said...

Simple but stunning!

Kelly S. said...

So lovely, Windy, now I want some Perfect Pearls! Congrats also on being a new Go-To Girl. I can't wait to see all of your designs coming up...I am always so impressed how you can work a big beautiful bow :)

Betty Sue said...

Love your beautiful, simple card. When you emboss with silver or gold it is always lovely.

Ronnie said...

Such a simple, yet beautiful card!

Jennybean said...

Very nice card! It inspires me to try a clean and simple card!

Ladybug68 said...

I love that idea!!

Cathy P in AZ said...

Simple but BEAUTIFUL. Love it!

rush said...

clean, simple...and elegant. thank you for sharing.

Leezer said...

Beautiful sample...
Fantastic prize! Thanks for the chance to win!

Vinnie said...

It's simple. But the gold in the butterfly made it so classy and elegant. This is how less is more :)

mb said...

Wow! Clean and simple is not always as easy as it looks! The way you inked and then used the shimmer was perfect! Thanks for the ideas!

Krista said...

Beautiful! There's something about simplicity, but your bling just adds that little bit of extra fun, too.

Maria Matter said...

Beautiful Windy!
understated elegance!!!

Wendy said...

Very beautiful card.

Sylvia from Minnesota said...

Clean and simple, just the way I like it!

Noreen said...

Love the shimmery look!

babar said...

the butterfly sketch with golden shimmer look fantastic.
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